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Airboat. Source: Louisiana State University

Air boats are flat-bottomed punts powered by a propeller attached to large automobile engine usually with the cylinders in V6 or V8 form. The propeller has the typical shape and size of an airplane propeller and so requires a large metal cage to protect passengers and other users. The flat bottom allows air boats to navigate easily through shallow swamps and marshes as well as in canals, rivers and lakes. The driver sits high on a staging to allow easy conduction and spotting floating obstacles and animals in the path of the boat. Steering is accomplished by swivelling vertical fins at the rear of the engine mounting and so control is somewhat haphazard. However the claim is that even at speeds of 45 miles per hour {60 km/h} they are 100 % safe. The noise from the propellor is quite loud and drowns out the noise of twin exhausts from the engine. Air boats vary in size from 18 person tour boats to trail boats carried on a road trailer and suitable for two or three passengers. Punts on the Cam A punt is a flat-bottomed boat, typically used in small rivers and canals. ... A propeller can be seen as a rotating fin in water or a wing in air. ... A small variety of cars, the most popular kind of automobile. ... An engine is something that produces some effect from a given input. ... Fixed-wing aircraft is a term used to refer to what are more commonly known as aeroplanes in Commonwealth English (excluding Canada) or airplanes in North American English. ... A freshwater swamp A swamp is a wetland that features permanent inundation of large areas of land by shallow bodies of water, generally with a substantial number of hummocks, or dry-land protrusions. ... This article is about marsh, a type of wetland. ... Categories: Water-transport stubs | Canals | Water transport ... For the Second World War frigate class, see River class frigate The Murray River in Australia A waterfall on the Ova da Fedoz, Switzerland A river is a large natural waterway. ... A lake is a body of water surrounded by land. ... Steering is the term applied to the collection of components, linkages, etc. ... A fin is a surface used to produce thrust or to steer while traveling in water, air, or other fluid media. ... In general usage, noise can be considered data without meaning; that is, data that is not being used to transmit a signal, but is simply produced as an unwanted by-product of other activities. ...

In the Everglades, Florida, USA, where these boats were invented and first used, they were originally devised for the purpose of frog hunting but nowadays they are most usually employed for tourist rides. An Anhinga perched on the boardwalk railing The Florida Everglades is a subtropical marshland located in the southern portion of the U.S. state of Florida, specifically in parts of Monroe, Collier, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward counties. ... State nickname: Everglade State, Sunshine State Other U.S. States Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush Official languages English Area 170,451 km² (22nd)  - Land 137,374 km²  - Water 30,486 km² (17. ... Frogs are amphibians in the Order Anura, which includes frogs and toads. ... Hunting is, in its most general sense, the pursuit of a target. ... A tourist boat travels the River Seine in Paris, France Tourism can be defined as the act of travel for the purpose of recreation, and the provision of services for this act. ...

Note: Airboat is also sometimes used for the same kind of boat described here, although in the beginning of the history of aviation the term was used to name amphibian aircraft, or airplanes capable of taking off and landing on water surfaces (now called flying boats or seaplanes). Aviation or Air transport refers to the activities surrounding mechanical flight and the aircraft industry. ... An amphibious or amphibian aircraft is an aircraft that can land on either land or water. ... Boeing 314 A flying boat is an aircraft that is designed to take off and land on water, in particular a type of seaplane which uses its fuselage as a floating hull (instead of pontoons mounted below the fuselage). ... A DeHavilland Single Otter floatplane in Harbour Air livery A seaplane is an aircraft designed to take off and land on water. ...

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Charter (Commercial) Airboat Rides in Western Oregon (10539 words)
Airboats are not specifically mentioned in the Newport City Ordinance and specific measurable standards (e.g., a maximum of 90 decibels measured 5 ft away from the noise source) are not given.
Airboats do not have a rudder, and, in Oregon bays, it is often windy, so it is possible (though I do not know for sure) that a commercial airboat would have to be travelling faster than 5 mph to be controllable during windy conditions.
The airboat may have passed the Oregon law for boat noise that is written for engine noise; however, most of the noise of airboats can be from the propeller.
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